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A girl with a clumsy innocence

combined with a quirky mystery that can be seen in my smile

about me

Growing up I moved around quite a bit, My fathers job kept us on the move. I  have lived in 9 different countries and speak 5 languages.  I took a degree in Communication Studies- Journalism and I have a master’s degree in TV and Cinema.


I started my career as a TV producer in Portugal (SIC) & Brazil (TV GLOBO) and turned into an actress in 2011 when I quit my job and moved to Los Angeles, to “live” the dream.


I have lived in sunny California for 3 years where I concluded a two-year acting program at the Stella Adler (Academy of Acting and Theatre).

After graduating had private coaching with Joseph Pearlman (acting coach of Zooey Deschanel), Improv Classes at Groundings and also worked as a maid.


Back in Lisbon I was very fortunate to enroll straight away into a prime time Tv Series "Mar Salgado" and act for a little while before I stopped and ran away to Sydney, Australia.  There I became a waitress and a promoter. After Oz, I made my way back to Europe again, where I became a writer, an airbnb host, and a flight attendant.

Post pandemic I became an acrobat and an international artistic residency manager.


Currently, I'm making my way back into the acting industry.

I will do anything at me reach to play the role I'm chosen for. However if you have any doubts about the role not suiting me, in that case don't chose me because in the end it won't be good for either of us. I truly believe there are some parts that are meant for us and others that are not. And that's perfectly fine too.

my journey

SEP 1989 - JUN 2004

School everywhere

Living in Madrid from 3 to 8 years old, studied at the Lycée Français. I also danced and horse rode.

At the age of 8 moved to Guinea-Bissau and joined a Portuguese school.

From 10 to 14 years old I was back in Lisbon.

At 14, moved to Dublin, Ireland, this time to study in an English school.

The following year I moved to Lisbon.

Completed highschool in Ottawa, Canada.

JUN 2004 - JUL 2006


Got my degree in Communication studies - Journalism at Nova University Lisbon.

SEP 2007 - JUL 2011

Working as a Producer

I started my career as a PA at SIC broadcast corporation.

I became a full on producer for Briskman Entertainment in non-fictional shows.

Moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to work in an internship for TV Globo.

After 40 days I was invited to continue working there as a producer in fictional shows.

SEP 2006 - JUL 2007

ERASMUS program

Studied in Rome under de ERASMUS program.

JUL 2011

Time for a change

Finished my Masters degree in Cinema and TV at Nova University Lisbon.

I quit my job as a producer to live "the dream".

OCT 2011 - JUN 2014

American dream

Studied acting at Stella Adler Academy of Acting and Theatre, LA.

Worked as a maid to help with life expenses.

I became as extra and made several auditions until I finally landed my first one liner.


First serious show

Made my debut at the prime time TV series "Mar Salgado".

JUN 2014 - 2015


Returned to Lisbon to try to make it in the Portuguese scene.

Became an AirBnB Super-Host in the meantime. 

FEB 2016 - FEB 2017

Far away

Went to live in Australia to do the Work in Holiday Program.

In Sydney, I worked as a waitress and as a promoter and spent the rest of my time travelling around Asia and Oceania.

AUG 2015 - FEB 2016

Hard times make strong people

I Spent the next few months trying out in multiple auditions and had a burnout, so I decided to take a break from acting.

APR 2017 - JAN 2018

Returning home

Back in Lisbon, I became a full time writer for a TV script called "The Shyre".

FEB 2018 - MAR 2020

Around the World

I Worked as a flight assistant for Euro Atlantic Airways.

Quit to join an artistic residence in Indonesia to reconnect with myself.

A short passage through LA to continue writing my original script.

Went back to Euro Atlantic Airways but then the pandemic started.

Then, I became a manager for the Portuguese artistic residence by Momentom Collective

MAR 2020 - DEZ 2022

Regaining momentum

Back to writing my series script "The Shyre".

Begin the draft for a musical.

Still working with Momentom Collective


I'm back to acting!


Stand-up comedy, improv.





Cristina Paiva

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